Fire Damage in the Pima Wash Watershed
Fortunately, the Pima Wash Watershed was able to avoid severe damage. However, burned areas are susceptible to the establishment of invasive grasses, such as Buffel Grass. which burns faster and hotter than native grasses or shrubs, causing severe damage to native plants like Saguaro Cactus. Saguaro are large slow-growing cacti that are only found in the Sonoran Desert. When populations of Saguaro are damaged by fire, they can take a long time to reestablish. Click on the 'BIOTIC COMMUNITIES' link below to learn more.